Documentary Photography – Philip Maher

Through his own images, Mr. Maher will talk about his photography, sharing images from his travels. Above all, he wants his images to help those forced to struggle on the margins of society whether in Canada or elsewhere. He says that his strongest gift is not as a photographer, but as a person with a passion for making a difference.


About the speaker

Philip Maher has worked as a photojournalist and communications specialist for a variety of aid organizations. While working alongside such organizations as World Vision and the World Food program, his camera has been passport to more than 85 countries including Afghanistan, East Timor, Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda. He has documented virtually every kind of humanitarian crises including tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones, refugee crises and civil strife. He has taken part in delegations to North Korea and a variety of U.N. related conferences such as the signing of the treaty on anti-personnel mines and the signing of the Rights of the child at the U.N. in New York. His photos appear on everything from office walls, to annual reports. In his role as a media relations specialist, he has appeared on a variety of news networks. He lives in Guelph and writes a monthly column for under the name Mercy Traveler. He has degrees from the University of Ottawa and Providence College. He is married with two grown children.

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